Text to Tradition: The Naisadhiyacarita and Literary Community in South Asia

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byDeven M. Patel

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Written in the twelfth century, the Naisadhiyacarita ( The Adventures of Nala, King of Nisadha) is a seminal Sanskrit poem beloved by South Asian literary communities for nearly a millennium. This volume introduces readers to the poem's author, his reading communities, the modes through which the poem has been read and used, the contexts through which it became canonical, its literary offspring, and the emotional power it still holds for the culture that values it. The study privileges the intellectual, affective, and social forms of cultural practice informing a region's people and institutions. It treats literary texts as traditions in their own right and draws attention to the critical genres and actors involved in their reception.

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Written in the twelfth century, the Naisadhiyacarita ( The Adventures of Nala, King of Nisadha) is a seminal Sanskrit poem beloved by South Asian literary communities for nearly a millennium. This volume introduces readers to the poem's author, his reading communities, the modes through which the poem has been read and used, the contex...

Deven M. Patel is an assistant professor of Sanskrit languages and the literatures of South Asia at the University of Pennsylvania. He writes on literary history, the formation of literary communities, and the broader significance of literature and exegesis as cultural practice in South Asia.
Format:Kobo ebookPublished:January 7, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231536534

ISBN - 13:9780231536530

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. The Nai?adhiya's Aesthetic
2. Eight Centuries of Commentary
3. The Nai?adhiya Interpreted and Overinterpreted
4. Struggles Over the Text
5. Secondary Waves of Reading
6. Legends of the Nai?adhiya
7. The Tradition Expands to the Regions
Conclusion
Appendix 1: Sanskrit Text of Citations from Commentaries and Narratives
Appendix 2: Encomia ( prasasti) to Srihar?a and the Nai?adhiya
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Text to Tradition is the first reception history of any classical Indian text. It is studded with brilliant insights and thoughtful readings of sometimes very difficult, and often unpublished, materials.